Hi.. I'm looking for some help. In 2007, I had disc herniation in my neck. I was in extreme pain, I was admitted to the hospital and operated on the next day. I had no time for any decisions. The neurosurgeon claimed it had to be done. He fused C5 and C 6. I healed fairly well, and returned to work. My work is extremely physical . It requires lifting, esp.. over my head. 2 years later, start having pain again. They send me to a pain clinic, I receive nerve blocks and cortisone shots. They advise me I have degenerative discs. I continue to suffer along at work, I never miss a day.
However, my nights become a torment, I average 3 hours sleep, the pain and numbness is unreal. I go back to the same neurosurgeon, he informs me, I have herniated 2 more disc. I am now 3 weeks post op. The pain and numbness prior surgery was in my right arm. I know have stabbing pain my my left shoulder, it radiates down almost to my elbow. I get a weird feeling like bugs crawling on my arm, but no, bugs? I also have a stingy feeling, like a bee sting? My arm is itchy? My arm arm is fine, weak of course, but fine.
I had a graft, we used my own bone. My hip Is healing slower. He took bone from the same hip as last time. It does seem much harder to walk, I am however 49, maybe my advanced age? This surgery fused C 3 and C4.
I was reviewing the MRI findings from 2007, it claims i have disc protrusions at C2, C3, C,3&C4,C4&5,C6-C7. I can get no real answers from my neurosurgeon . He is hard to understand. My question is... Can I return to my job, a job I've done for ten years, or should I look for work elsewhere? Is this why my disc continue to herniate? Will my other disc give out also? Has anyone ever had itching, bee stinging pain in an extremity after a fusion? Sorry for the rant.... Thanks